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 Super Naturally Soap Making Handbook

I have been soapmaking since 2000, and these are my reference tabs, lots of great information for the creative soaper! (both books showing.)

The Natural Soapmaking Handbook: how to make soap... any way you like

From the Publisher: Book Description

The Super-Naturally Series: Making soap... naturally

Following up from the worldwide success of Soap Naturally, Marina and Patrizia share their extensive experience on as natural as possible soapmaking in a series of smaller, more topical and much cheaper books, called The Super-Naturally series.

Authoritative, concise yet exhaustive, and small in price at under $20, the first volume in the series, The Natural Soapmaking Handbook, provides aspiring, new and expert soapmakers with effective know-how as the key to discover the secrets of reliably successful soaping results.

After explaining about fundamental ingredients, additives, tools, equipment, safety precautions and workplace setup, the Handbook describes in full detail all modern handmade "paste" methods to manufacture as natural as possible, skin- and eco-friendly, sustainable soaps.

Cold Process (CP), Discounted Water CP, No-Heat Applied CP, Hot Process (HP), Double Boiler HP, Oven HP, Crockpot HP, Microwave HP, CPOP (Cold Process Oven Process) and In The Mould HP are accurately illustrated in easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Also covered are advanced techniques for special soaps: from liquid soapmaking to milk, butter and honey soap; from layered and swirled soaps to composite soaps and embeds.

Clear instructions for reclaiming, reshaping and rebatching virtually any kind of soap complement the authors' super-accurate troubleshooting guide to making the most of every batch of soap.

As precious gems scattered along the book, you will be able to discover the truth on soda ash, lye-free soap and other common misconceptions about soap in many Soap myth buster sections.

With the key concept of the series being frugality, the book is in Black & White, with colour photographs available from the Web, at the Natural Soapmaking Handbook's mini-site.


Copyright © 2013 Demetra Publishing

Table of Contents

Authors' preface


Chapter 1: Soap and its bubbly world

  • 1.1 What is soap
  • 1.2 What soap is NOT
    • 1.2.1 The fictionally celebrated lye-free soap story
  • 1.3 What kind of soaper are you?
  • 1.4 Choosing a soapmaking method

Chapter 2: The stuff soap is made of

  • 2.1 Meet the alkalis: NaOH and KOH (and ash)
    • 2.1.1 NaOH: sodium hydroxide, or caustic soda
    • 2.1.2 KOH: potassium hydroxide, or caustic potash
    • 2.1.3 Wood and seaweed ashes
  • 2.2 Fatty acids from fats and oils
    • 2.2.1 An incidental ingredient: glycerine
    • 2.2.2 Common soapmaking oils
    • 2.2.3 Oil balance in bar soap
  • 2.3 The solvents: water and other liquids
    • 2.3.1 Water and water infusions
    • 2.3.2 Milk
    • 2.3.3 Fruit and vegetable juice
  • 2.4 Optional additives
    • 2.4.1 Scenting: essential and fragrant oils
    • 2.4.2 Colouring: vegetable and mineral colours
    • 2.4.3 Adding depth: texturing agents
    • 2.4.4 Preservatives, antioxidants, fixatives
  • 2.5 Shopping for soapmaking ingredients

Chapter 3: Workplace safety and tools

  • 3.1 Safety considerations
    • 3.1.1 Handling the alkalis
  • 3.2 Tools of the trade
    • 3.2.1 Measuring and mixing tools
    • 3.2.2 Mould types
    • 3.2.3 Moulding and unmoulding
    • 3.2.4 Forbidden materials
  • 3.3 Setting up your work area

Chapter 4: Bar soap: Cold Process methods

  • 4.1 Basic Cold Process (CP) method
    • 4.1.1 Cold Process in action: Simple olive oil soap
  • 4.2 Discounted Water Cold Process: DWCP
    • 4.2.1 The drill with water
    • 4.2.2 Water ratios, concentrations and water discounts
    • 4.2.3 DWCP essentials
  • 4.3 No Heat applied Cold Process method
  • 4.4 Mixing temperatures
  • 4.5 Curing, storing, packaging
    • 4.5.1 Curing revealed

Chapter 5: Bar soap: Hot Process methods

  • 5.1 Hot Process features at large
  • 5.2 Double Boiler Hot Process method: DBHP
    • 5.2.1 Special tools
    • 5.2.2 DBHP: Step by step procedure
  • 5.3 Oven Hot Process method: OHP
    • 5.3.1 OHP: Special tools
    • 5.3.2 OHP: Step by step procedure
  • 5.4 Crock Pot Hot Process method: CPHP
    • 5.4.1 CPHP: Special tools
    • 5.4.2 CPHP: Step by step procedure
  • 5.5 MicroWave Hot Process method: MWHP, MHP
    • 5.5.1 MWHP: Special tools
    • 5.5.2 MWHP: Step by step procedure
  • 5.6 In The Mould HP, Cold Process Oven Process methods: ITMHP and CPOP
    • 5.6.1 ITMHP/CPOP: Special tools
    • 5.6.2 ITMHP/CPOP: Step by step procedure

Chapter 6: Bar soap: Special methods

  • 6.1 Milk and butter soap
    • 6.1.1 Milk soap: frozen milk method
    • 6.1.2 Milk soap: no-freeze method
    • 6.1.3 Butter soap
  • 6.2 Transparent soap
    • 6.2.1 Transparent soap: special tools
    • 6.2.2 Transparent soap: ingredients and ratios
    • 6.2.3 Transparent soap: step by step procedure
    • 6.2.4 Homemade transparent Melt &Pour
  • 6.3 Layered soap
  • 6.4 Swirled soap
    • 6.4.1 Swirled soap: special tools and ingredients
    • 6.4.2 Swirled soap: step by step procedure
  • 6.5 Embeds and composite soaps

Chapter 7: Liquid and whipped cream soap

  • 7.1 Liquid soap: Cold Process method
    • 7.1.1 CP liquid soap: Special ingredients and tools
    • 7.1.2 CP liquid soap: Step by step procedure
    • 7.1.3 CP liquid soap: Diluting the paste
  • 7.2 Liquid soap: Hot Process method
    • 7.2.1 HP liquid soap: Special ingredients
    • 7.2.2 HP liquid soap: Step by step procedure
  • 7.3 Whipped cream soap in summary

Chapter 8: Rebatching, reshaping, reclaiming

  • 8.1 Hand-milling and rebatching
    • 8.1.1 Special tools and moulds
    • 8.1.2 Commercial bases for hand-milling
    • 8.1.3 Rebatching
  • 8.2 Reshaping
    • 8.2.1 Soap balls: step by step procedure
  • 8.3 Reclaim, recycle and reuse
    • 8.3.1 Reclaiming leftovers
    • 8.3.2 Reclaiming failed batches
    • 8.3.3 Highly caustic soaps
    • 8.3.4 Soap scraps and rejects

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting problem soaps

  • 9.1 My soap did not come out as expected
  • 9.2 My soap mix does not trace
  • 9.3 My soap shows bright white, hard spots; or, my soap is brittle and crumbly; or, my soap has pockets containing a cloudy liquid
  • 9.4 How can I be sure my soap is not too caustic?
  • 9.5 My soap mix suddenly went too thick or too solid in the pot
  • 9.6 My soap is covered in a white, somewhat sticky, powdery film
  • 9.7 My soap does not come out of the mould
  • 9.8 My soap looks mottled or speckled
  • 9.9 My soap remains slimy, spongy and soft several days after pouring
  • 9.10 After 24 hours from pouring, my soap has an oily layer floating on top
  • 9.11 My soap, while or after curing, is covered in tiny droplets of water
  • 9.12 My soap mix looks lumpy
  • 9.13 The surface of my soap shows dark spots, softer to the touch than the rest of the soap
  • 9.14 My soap has dark brown spots and appears to be "sweating" dark droplets
  • 9.15 My soaps lose their scent
  • 9.16 Examples of visible problems


  • Information, ingredients, tools: Supplier directory

The Natural Soapmaking Cookbook: 77 star recipes for superior, skin-friendly, eco-friendly handmade soaps

From the Publisher: Book Description

The Super-Naturally Series: Making soap... naturally

Following up from the worldwide success of Soap Naturally, Patrizia and Marina share their extensive experience on as natural as possible soapmaking in a series of smaller, more topical and much cheaper books, called TheSuper-Naturally series.

Authoritative, concise yet exhaustive, and small in price at under $20 (AUD), the second volume in the series, The Natural Soapmaking Cookbook, supplies enough tried-and-true recipes to allow even inexperienced soapmakers to build up their soapmaking skills and start creating their own as natural as possible handmade soap.

After years of extensive experiments with a huge range of soap formulas, Patrizia Garzena and Marina Tadiello open their soap kitchens to share the very best of their most successful achievements.

Through their 77 tried and true star recipes, you will find inspiration to combine richly lathering and tenderly conditioning oils with delicious essential oil blends, luxurious botanicals, gentle exfoliating agents, natural fillers and wholesome additives to produce classical or adventurous soap symphonies. Learn by examples how you can enrich your soap with mouth-watering delicacies, including silk, honey, milk, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, spices, beer, botanicals, mineral salt, wood resins.

The book is organised in easy-to-follow sections, covering all types of soap, from super-frothy shaving bars to super-gentle baby soaps, from delightful bath soaps to special pet soap and laundry soap. All modern paste soapmaking methods are put into practice, from CP to the many variants of HP, from DWCP to rebatched/milled soap to liquid and transparent soap.

The Natural Soapmaking Cookbook is the natural complement to the Natural Soapmaking Handbook: How to make soap... any way you like, the first volume in the The Super-Naturally: Making soap... naturally series..

With the key concept of the series being frugality, the book is in Black & White, with colour photographs available from the Web, at the Natural Soapmaking Cookbook's mini-site.


Copyright © 2013 Demetra Publishing

The Natural Soapmaking Cookbook: Table of Contents

77 star recipes for superior, skin-friendly, eco-friendly handmade soaps


  • Using this Cookbook

Chapter 1 ~ All purpose soaps

  • Three aces soap base
  • Castile bubbles soap base
  • Dairy butter soap base
  • Beehive all purpose soap
  • Alep our way soap base
  • Indian corn cleansing soap
  • Easy sunflower soap base
  • Pure castile all purpose soap
  • Rice bran oil all purpose soap
  • Simple milk soap

Chapter 2 ~ Family and bath soaps

  • Vegetarian bubbles bath soap
  • Yerba maté bath soap
  • Lime & mint bath soap
  • Tuttifrutti bath soap
  • Shea butter & sage bath soap
  • Olive & lettuce bath & facial soap
  • Salsa al pomodoro bath soap
  • Gardener's super-cleaning soap
  • Coffee deodorant super-cleaning soap
  • Massagge bubbles bath soap
  • Christmas scents bath soap
  • Spice & zest shower bath soap
  • Pumpkin seed bath soap
  • Chestnut bath soap
  • Rice & cocoa bath soap
  • Oatmeal, milk & honey bath & facial soap
  • Milk & chocolate bath soap
  • Wake-me-up peppermint shower soap
  • Charcoal swirls bath soap
  • Low-salt, no-coconut salt scrub super-cleaning soap
  • Salt & pumice scrub super-cleaning soap
  • Traditional Spa (salt) super-cleaning soap
  • Sapo kalinus (potash) sanitising soap
  • Knick-knacks bath soap
  • Dairy butter rebatched bath soap
  • Shower cream bath soap
  • Have a ball bath soap

Chapter 3 ~ Super-gentle soaps

  • Rice & shea delish bath & facial soap
  • Supa-soothing emu facial & baby soap
  • Bambino baby soap
  • Autumn delish bath & facial soap
  • Super gentle personal bath & facial soap
  • Silky bliss facial & shaving soap
  • No-freeze goat's milk bath & facial soap
  • Avocado & cocoa butter bath & facial soap
  • Aloe vera bath & facial soap
  • Calendula & sesame bath & facial soap
  • Yoghurt bath & facial soap
  • Delicatissimo baby & facial soap
  • Donkey milk baby soap
  • Pine tar special soap & shampoo
  • Coconut milk bath & facial soap
  • Olive and rice bran baby soap
  • Gently exfoliating mud bath & facial soap

Chapter 4 ~ Super-frothy soaps

  • Golden green shampoo bar
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo bar
  • Rosemary & nettle shampoo bar
  • Luxuriously hemp all purpose shampoo bar
  • Mild lentil shampoo bar
  • Beer shampoo bar
  • Walnut oil shampoo bar
  • Egg yolk shampoo bar
  • Chamomile liquid shampoo
  • Sea lather all purpose soap
  • Fine clay shaving soap
  • Homemade Melt&Pour semi-clear soap

Chapter 5 ~ Pet care soaps

  • Kunzea pet shampoo bar
  • Gentle milk pet soap
  • Liquid pet shampoo

Chapter 6 ~ Laundry and household soaps

  • No-heat-applied laundry soap
  • Wool fat laundry soap
  • Marseille our way laundry soap
  • Traditional Marseille laundry soap
  • Liquid castile laundry soap
  • Extra strong liquid laundry soap
  • Laundry gel soap
  • Cream cleanser household soap


  • Information, ingredients, tools: Supplier directory


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